Friday, December 02, 2016
Meanwhile, Back in the Trump Locker Room
Representative Tom Price of Georgia, whom Trump has tapped as his Secretary of Health and Human Service, is now perhaps trying to hide his membership (scroll down) in "the far-right medical group," the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
What does AAPS advocate?
1. The group hates all vestiges of "socialized medicine." So it urges its member doctors to refuse to treat patients under Medicare.
2. The group rejects required school vaccinations.
3. The group's publication, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is known for peddling ridiculous conspiracy theories. For example, in 2005 the "journal advocated for rescinding the citizenship of so-called 'anchor babies,' or the children of undocumented immigrants, who it claimed were responsible for increased leprosy rates. (Not just wacky, but also unconstitutional.)
4. Other journal articles pushed the myth of a link between vaccines and autism and suggested a link between abortion and breast cancer -- scare theories that have been thoroughly debunked.
5. An article posted on AAPS’ website speculated that President Obama’s oratory could in fact be a form of hypnosis, suggesting that he won the presidency by hypnotizing impressionable voters like young people and Jews.
6. The AAPS once urged the U.S. Supreme Court to release post-mortem photos of Vince Foster, the Bill Clinton White House counsel who committed suicide, because conspiracy theorists believed he was actually assassinated.